Dr Gunawardena qualified from the University of Manchester in 2004. He completed his hospital training in Preston, Chorley and Blackpool and qualified as a GP in 2010. He has previously worked as a GP in Wigan and Chester prior to joining Ashfields.
Dr Bengtson graduated in 1999 from the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. He successfully completed his National Service where he worked within a small team of doctors providing essential medical care for surgical, medical and obstetric patients in a rural South African hospital.
In 2001, he emigrated to the UK and gained extensive experience in multiple specialities including medicine, surgery, A&E and psychiatry before settling into a staff grade post in psychiatry at Leighton Hospital in 2004.
His varied clinical practice made him ideally suited to enter the GP training programme in 2007 where he rotated through attachments in A&E, cardiology, obstetrics, paediatrics and urology. Following successful completion of his training, he obtained a GP partnership in Crewe where he worked for five years before joint Ashfields in 2016.
His interest are in psychiatry, joint injection and musculoskeletal medicine.
Dr Dickinson qualified in Leeds in 1991. Her training posts were in geriatrics, dermatology, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and casualty. After completing her GP training in Huddersfield, she worked as a GP Partner in Leicestershire for 15 years before relocating to Cheshire with her family, where she worked in Crewe for four years.
Dr Gowda qualified from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff. After spending time in hospital posts he enrolled on the GP training scheme and joined Ashfields as a full time salaried doctor in 2009. His interests include joint injections, community surgery including vasectomy, cancer and medical education.
He is the organiser of evening educational meetings at Ashfields. He is a GP tutor and mentor for medical students on placement at the practice as well as an OSCE and FPO examiner for the University of Manchester. He contributes clinical articles to GP magazine and is the author of iMCQs in General Surgery, a downloadable educational app which is aimed at medical students and junior doctors. In 2019, Dr Gowda became the CQC registered manager for the practice.
Dr Kelsall qualified from Aberdeen University in June 2002. She worked in hospitals in Inverness and Macclesfield before joining Ashfields in 2007.
Dr Whittaker qualified from Sheffield University Medical School in 2001. She worked in a number of hospitals in Sheffield, the last being Sheffield Children’s Hospital, before joining Ashfields in 2007.
Dr Wilson graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Pharmacy before undertaking practical training as a hospital pharmacist. He obtained a master of philosophy degree in the area of neuropharmacology after two years research work. Following this, he studied medicine at the University of Birmingham graduating in 1996.
Since becoming a GP he has developed varied clinical interests including musculoskeletal medicine and has sat on various committees for the local Primary Care Trust. Dr Wilson is a GP trainer. Dr Wilson came up with the idea for iTennisElbow – an iPhone app.
After qualifying in Liverpool in 1995 and completing posts in general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and renal medicine she joined The Commons in 1999. She works full time and has special interests in paediatrics and women’s health and management of chronic disease.
Dr Rosson qualified from UCH London in 1990, and spent the folowing three years working at both Leighton Hospital and Macclesfield Hospital. She joined the practice as a partner in 1995. In 2002, she became a GP appraiser, appraising other local GPs.
Her particular interests are in gynaecology, coil fitting, minor surgery and joint injections. She is also involved in child health surveillance and medical student education. Dr Rosson is one of the vasectomy surgeons at the practice. She also runs the private GP Cosmetics Service here at Ashfields performing injections of Botox and dermal fillers.
Dr Neil Paul qualified in Manchester in 1994 and spent some time in hospital working up to Registrar level before deciding to be a GP. He has been a partner in Sandbach since 2000 and was involved in the merger of the original two surgeries into one. He is currently the lead partner for strategic partnerships and external relations.
He has previously had many roles at the old PCT and then CCG before leaving to help setup a provider federation. Currently his roles include:
- Non-executive board member on the South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance – a not for profit group of 29 practices.
- Clinical Director of the SMASH Primary care network (7 practices 65K patients)
- Chair of the SMASH Care Community meetings – encompassing all the health, social care and third sector organisations in the SMASH community.
- Board member of CCICP – Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership – the local community services provider who employ 700 staff.
- Shadow Board Member of Cheshire East ICP – the new integrated care organisation being formed in Cheshire East Place
His main clinical interests are cardiovascular disease, diabetes and rheumatology. He does over 200 joint injections a year and shares responsibility for the local bail hostel.
Dr Paul is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool in the school of management helping supervise several PhD Students.
Dr Paul is married to a GP and they have 4 children, though they are starting to leave home! In his spare time, he loves photography, whisky and IT.
Outside of the practice he writes a regular column on primary care IT issues for www.digitalhealth.net and is a regular speaker at conferences and runs a blog site called www.drneilpaul.blog. He runs local evening education meetings for GPs and AHPs. He also co-owns and runs a company called Howbeck Healthcare that is a solutions company – helping GP practices, PCNs and GP federations find solutions for their problems, whether it be resilience, staffing, IT or other.